This is an advance course in Classical Mechanics that has long been part of our graduate physics curriculum. It is intended for first year graduate students in Physics, and serves as the foundation for the various branches of modern physics.
Besides important announcements, in this page you will find links to:
It is mandatory to read the syllabus. Here's the current PDF file (115 KB, 13 pages). The current version is from August 12, 2010.
Midterm 1: Friday October 1, 2010 in class; i.e., from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. in Eng B2.
Midterm 2:
Wednesday November 3, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. in Eng B2.
Midterm 3:
Wednesday December 1, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. in Eng B2.
Final Exam:
Tuesday December 14, 2010, from 4 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Eng D102.
This is a gorgeous, concise and elegant summary of the course in 150 content packed pages.
Landau is one of the most important physicists of the 20^{th} century and this is the first volume in a series of ten,
considered by him to be the “theoretical minimum” amount of knowledge required to embark on research in physics.
Side note: In 30 years, only 43 people passed Landau’s exam!
You can find it in the CSU Bookstore (or in Amazon).
The following text books were also used in preparing this course:
Arnold presents a more modern mathematical approach to the topics of this course, making connections with the differential geometry of manifolds and forms.
This book emphasizes the basic principles, and aims to progress rapidly to the point of being able to handle physically and mathematically interesting problems, without getting bogged down in excessive formalism.
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (except during class and when abroad...)
